Marsh joins Grenier Engineering

Don Marsh has joined Grenier Engineering of Waterbury as a senior engineer. Grenier Engineering provides property boundary and topographic services as well as site layout, water supply, wastewater and stormwater design and permitting for clients throughout Vermont. Marsh will maintain a Grenier satellite office in Montpelier to provide water, sewer, stormwater, erosion control and site design and permitting services.  

Murphy-Moriarty is Norwich VP of communications

NORTHFIELD — Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty has been promoted to vice president of communications of Norwich University. Murphy-Moriarty has led Norwich’s Office of Communications since August 2013, when she was hired as director of communications and marketing. She previously served as chief marketing officer for Vermont. “As we prepare to celebrate 200 years of Norwich University and enter into our third century of service to nation, never before has effective communication and brand management been more important,” Norwich President Richard Schneider said. “We are so grateful to have Kathleen, who has served Norwich expertly and admirably, forging the path of this very important new leadership position.”

Overseeing a 12-person team, Murphy-Moriarty is responsible for managing the Norwich brand and developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive outreach strategy.

What should you do with your tax refund?

You may not get much of a thrill from filing your taxes, but the process becomes much more enjoyable if you’re expecting a refund. So, if one is headed your way, what should you do with the money? The answer depends somewhat on the size of the refund. For the 2017 tax year, the average refund was about $2,760 — not a fortune, but big enough to make an impact in your life. Suppose, for example, that you invested this amount in a tax-deferred vehicle such as a traditional IRA, and then did not add another penny to it for 30 years.

Jennifer Carlo to lead Circus Smirkus

GREENSBORO — Jennifer Carlo has been named executive director of the circus arts education organization Circus Smirkus. Carlo is the former vice president For student engagement and dean of students at Carlow University in Pennsylvania and comes to Smirkus with more than 25 years of leadership in higher education, youth development services, and nonprofit arts management. “We are so pleased to welcome Jen to the Smirkus family,” said Smirkus Board President Neil Saunders. “Jen brings many years of experience in business and financial management as well as a passion for working with kids. She has long held a wonder for the circus — ever since she saw her first Big Top show.”

Carlo earned a bachelor of arts in sociology from Princeton University, a master of arts in education at Goddard College, a master of business administration from Carlow University, and a doctorate in leadership and change from Antioch University.

Landvater opens Barre orthopedic practice  

BARRE — Dr. Stephanie Landvater has opened a new orthopedic practice affiliated with the RehabGYM in Barre. Landvater has had her own orthopedic surgery practice for 16 years and was affiliated with Central Vermont Medical Center. For the last 11 years she has been employed as an orthopedic surgeon at Gifford Medical Center. Prior to medical school, she was a nationally ranked gymnast, earned a master’s degree in exercise science, attended medical school at Michigan State and completed her orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Her new practice is located at the RehabGYM, 219 Main St., Barre, VT 05641.

Hindes to lead Vermont state colleges board

MONTPELIER — By unanimous vote, the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees has elected J. Churchill Hindes as its chair. Hindes will lead the 15-member board, which provides governance and stewardship for the VSCS and its institutions — Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College. “We are very fortunate to have the extraordinary talents and experience that Church brings to our board. He is a true believer in the VSCS mission and its people, and we will thoroughly benefit from his leadership as chair,” said Chancellor Jeb Spaulding. A resident of Colchester, Hindes retired in 2015 as the vice president for accountable care at the UVM Medical Center and clinical associate professor of medicine.

Business on ice: Deep freeze, snow hurt small companies

The Associated Press
NEW YORK — When the temperature in New York plunged, so did revenue at Tanya Lim’s dog-walking service. Many of Lim’s clients were among the people who decided to work from home because of the cold, so they didn’t need her services. On a day when she and her three fellow dog-walkers would normally have had 15 pets to walk, Play Pals NYC had none. One of Lim’s staffers made some cat-sitting visits, but all their other appointments were canceled. “The first week after the holidays usually everyone is back working, but we’re not,” said Lim, who didn’t charge for the cancellations.

Like Uber, but for snowplowing

The New York Times
ALBANY, N.Y. — Snow piling up on sidewalks and driveways tends to elicit groans from the homeowners tasked with shoveling it, but it’s a welcome sight for James Albis. “It’s like white gold on so many levels,” he said. “I get excited.”
Frustrated by his experiences with plowing companies and tired of clearing snow himself, Albis, who lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut, launched SnoHub in 2016. The on-demand service, which started downstate and in Connecticut, connects people in need of snow removal and contractors equipped with snowplows through an app. More than 12,000 home-owners and 1,500 contractors have downloaded the app, and SnoHub has now expanded to Albany, Rochester, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Providence, Rhode Island.

Rosowsky and Laackman join VCET board

BURLINGTON — The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies has appointed two leaders from the higher education sector to its board of directors; University of Vermont Provost Dr. David Rosowsky and Champlain College President Don Laackman. Rosowsky has served as provost and senior vice president of UVM since 2013. Laackman was named president of Champlain College in 2014. Founded by the Vermont Technology Council, UVM and U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy in 2005, VCET serves as the innovation epicenter in Vermont where higher education, economic development and entrepreneurs intersect in order to start and scale new business ventures. VCET hosts over 190 co-working and startup members across three facilities in downtown Middlebury, and in Burlington at UVM and the FairPoint Technology Hub, and has advised more than 1,600 businesses and entrepreneurs across Vermont.

Kelly joins Salvation Farm board

MORRISVILLE — Maxine Kelly has joined Salvation Farms’ board of directors. Kelly has established her career in business administration and finance, working in ski resorts, hotel management, banking, nonprofits, and small business consulting. She joined the Vermont Studio Center team in 2014 and currently serves as finance and human resource director. “The Salvation Farms mission is a simple and brilliant concept. I am drawn to their mission because it creates a sense of harmony with the environment and our community,” said Kelly.